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International Baccalaureate Diploma

A diverse alternative

The IB Diploma is an alternative to A levels offering breadth of learning as well as academic rigour. It has been offered in the BGS Sixth Form since September 2018.

If you decide to take the IB route, you will select six subjects, three of which you will study in depth at Higher Level. The other three you will take at Standard Level. All subjects include a coursework element as well as a final exam at the end of the two-year course.

In addition to your elected subjects, you will also complete the IB core elements: Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. These allow you to develop important study skills and to pursue your own area of interest. More details on the IB subjects and core elements are available in the Sixth Form prospectus. 

The IB also requires you to plan and deliver extra-curricular activities for the Creativity, Activity and Service element and gain recognition for volunteer work or work experience. These are credited as part of the diploma and can be completed through Sixth Form activities or commitments outside of School.

If you'd like to read more about the IB, Schools Week have produced an useful supplement Celebrating 50 years of the International Baccalaureate that outlines some of the benefits and advantages of the IB, as well as giving facts and figures on the qualification in the UK.

Any questions? Our IB Co-ordinator, Mr Schober, would be delighted to answer them. If you'd like to arrange a chat, you can contact him c/o Katie Hillier-Swift on 0117 933 9630 or via khillierswift@bgs.bristol.sch.uk.  

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